Friday Night Lights Reviews

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April 24, 2019
With Billy Bob Thornton's garrulous Coach Gary Gaines masterminding every play, you'll get caught up in the action even if you can't tell your 'first-and-down' from your 'time-out.'
November 5, 2018
It is reminiscent of a war movie...the football impact scenes are brutal and the sound editors have the volume on high for each wince-inducing hit, underscoring the disposability of the boys...
February 6, 2018
Every performance in Friday Night Lights rings true.
June 3, 2016
It succeeds best as a sadly iconic portrayal of America's love affair with Texas high school football.
Top Critic
November 24, 2011
December 24, 2010
So much more than a football movie.
October 30, 2009
What Friday Night Lights offers is the perspective that, for the people and young players caught up in this whirlwind, football simultaneously means everything and ultimately nothing.
February 2, 2009
Friday Night Lights is a feel-good movie, but it's not real. It's a hard-hitting Hallmark greeting card. It's no wonder it appealed to Larry King %u2014 it's safe, easy, conventional, and feigns incisiveness.
August 7, 2008
July 31, 2008
Had Billy Bob Thornton not been so good in so many films, people would be talking about this as his greatest role.
November 1, 2007
Few films have shown so powerfully the slashing double edge of sports fever.
April 14, 2007
The script spends at least as much time exploring the psychologies of the young players and the problems they face at home as it does rallying the audience behind their efforts on the field.
March 26, 2007
A heart-pounding big-screen treatment that captures all the action of a tumultuous season while showing the emotional toll on the players.
October 30, 2006
While the atmosphere is excellent, and the general elements all strong, the film sadly fails to give any real insight or depth in regards to explaining the hows and whys of the near fever over the game and its players.
September 22, 2006
You'll leave the theater somewhat emotionally spent -- feeling like you've been tackled by a 220-pound linebacker -- but it's worth the ride. One of the best sports movies ever.
June 24, 2006
The affecting, gruelling result is less a document of recreational sport than one of obligation and ordeal.
May 26, 2006
The movie's principles are seriously out of whack, even as it angles toward a Big Life Lesson about learning to live with falling short of greatness.
April 1, 2006
The best sports movie for years, as it's not about sport at all. Forget fears of jingoistic grandstanding, this is an un-American all-American tale that deserves attention.
January 17, 2006
An excellent effort that packs a solid, emotional punch.
September 3, 2005
a good film, but it is preaching to the converted
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